Arup has manufactured steel nodes using 3D printing techniques.
The engineering firm created the elements – suitable for use in complex construction projects – with additive manufacturing.
It believes its method has the potential to cut costs, waste and carbon emissions as well as improving the design process.
“By using additive manufacturing we can create lots of complex individually designed pieces far more efficiently,” said team leader Salomé Galjaard.
“This has tremendous implications for reducing costs and cutting waste.
“But most importantly, this approach potentially enables a very sophisticated design, without the need to simplify the design in a later stage to lower costs.”